Why Pick-Up Lines Don’t Work

You must be tired, because you’ve been running around my mind all day!

We have heard them all before, from the ridiculous to the absolutely embarrassing attempts at making a first impression. Using a pick-up line to break the ice is not only ineffective but a huge turn-off for the receiver.

A study by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland tackled this exact subject and results showed that jokes or compliments did not impress their 127 female subjects, while simply talking about the surroundings or situation were more successful.

The study also concluded that pick-up lines with a sexual innuendo did the absolute worst. Researchers theorized that those pick-up lines are a tool to figuring out which women are more promiscuous and up for a one-night-stand. This could very well explain pick-up artists, men or women who claim to know exactly what it takes to make a winning first impression that will leave them with a phone number or a hotel room key. They are using the tactics that fish out the type of person looking to hook up, rather than their future wife or husband.

When a man approaches a woman with a ludicrous pick-up line, even if he is good-looking, the relationship red flags are immediately hoisted up. So, when your guy-friend is checking out girls at a bar and decides to go talk to one, stop him before he commits first impression faux pas and suggest he start with a: Hello rather than a Do you have a mirror in your pocket? Because I can see myself in your pants.

Edinburgh’s study’s stand out performance was chivalry; while it can be old school it won the hearts of almost every girl. Next time let him know that merely opening a door for you is better than, Somebody better call God, because he is missing and Angel!

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